GALLERY: Rhythms of the World 2011 ‘best ever’

THE 20th Rhythms of the World festival was described as “the best yet” by festival organisers, after thousands turned out to enjoy what the weekend had to offer.

The event kicked off on Saturday with an airborne display by the Aerostars Yak Aerobatic Display Team. A flash mob dance team also put on a surprise performance.

More than 140 acts performed over the course of the weekend across seven different stages, including headline act Raghu Dixit performing on the main stage on Saturday, and Welwyn GC indie band The Subways closing with their set on the BBC Introducing stage on Sunday.

Other highlights included the last act of the weekend Ska Cubano drawing huge crowds to the main stage, folk musician Jim Moray and two-tone legends The Selecter, whose ska beats had the crowd bouncing along.

It was a weekend of mixed weather, but spots of rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of revellers who had just hours earlier been enjoying the hot weather.

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On its website, RotW organisers thanked everyone for the support.

“It may have rained a bit but it was wonderful. The 20th festival was arguably the best yet with a huge range of music and entertainment, and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere,” it said.

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“There were many amazing acts on stage offering some very interesting and diverse performances. Thanks to our sponsors and to everyone for coming.”

Next year’s dates have already been announced, and the event will be held over the weekend on July 14 and 15. Volunteers are being sought, and anyone interested can email putting ROTW 2012 in the subject headline.

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